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Building workplace wellbeing


As lives – and livelihoods – remain disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new platform to help small business owners monitor their team’s wellbeing has been launched.

 

The Check In is an online tool for small business leaders to help them facilitate free activities to support their teams and empower team members to support themselves.

Launched by cloud-based accounting software platform, Xero, The Check In has evidence-based ideas and insights to assist businesses to cultivate workplace wellbeing.

It also includes additional wellbeing resources and policy guides for small businesses that want to take wellbeing further.

Managing Director for New Zealand and Pacific Islands at Xero Craig Hudson, says the impact of the pandemic on the small business industry is far-reaching – impacting wellbeing and inflating day-to-day stresses.

“All workplaces play a central role in building people’s resilience and positive wellbeing, helping them to be healthy, contributing members to their families and communities.

“After specialist mental health services and primary health care, workplaces are the next biggest place of mental wellness support in the country, and 97 percent of New Zealand businesses are small businesses. So it’s vital that small businesses know what to do and how simple it can be.”

Likewise, the evidence for cultivating healthy workplaces shows returns, says Hudson.

A Deloitte study in the UK found mental health awareness and proactive intervention can result in a return on investment (ROI) of up to $8 for every $1 spent, while reactive support can result in an ROI of up to $4.50 for every $1 spent.


 

An office revolution: Canterbury Office Furniture


If you are running a successful business in this time of upheaval, you’ll be paying close attention to social and economic developments both locally and globally. In paying close attention, you’ll be aware that we are right in the midst of a quiet revolution in the ways we work and do business together.

 

Canterbury Office Furniture understands that our workspaces need to innovate to support this revolution. During lockdown, we had to find ways to work and collaborate remotely from home, and often this worked well for firms and individuals.

With post-lockdown returns to commercial spaces, research shows that in order to thrive, commercial spaces will need to cater for doing business in ways that working remotely from home cannot.

Owner Howard Nossiter says, “Office and workspace floor plans are destined to change.”

These new spaces will encompass new planning geometries, forming neighbourhood-based workspaces with physical distancing between desks, created by a mixture of collaborative and storage spaces.

Assigned workspaces, or “free-address” with “clean desk policies” will also be a consideration going forward.

Canterbury Office Furniture is delighted to assist with innovating commercial office and workspace design, through to supply and fit out, to ensure they meet changing needs.

“We can also provide an identical service, working with both individuals and businesses in relation to bespoke or tailor-made home office spaces,” says Howard.

A locally owned business, Canterbury Office Furniture is supported by its own joinery and steel fabrication factory, with a strong focus on using New Zealand products.


 

Law firm promotions


Pegasus Bay Law is pleased to announce that Anneliese Muldoon and Jess Voysey have been promoted to Associates within the firm.

Pegasus Bay Law Associates Jess Voysey (left) and Anneliese Muldoon (right).

Anneliese is an experienced solicitor who is based in the Kaiapoi office where she is available to assist with the sale and purchase of homes and businesses, as well as your will, enduring powers of attorney and other general legal matters.

Anneliese has been a solicitor in the North Canterbury region for the past four years. She is a North Canterbury local herself and outside of work, loves spending time with her young family.

Jess has been in the Christchurch office for the past two years and, like Anneliese, she is about to assist with the sale and purchase of your home or business, as well as your will, enduring powers of attorney and other general legal matters. Outside work, Jess enjoys baking and taking her dog on adventures.

The team at Pegasus Bay Law can assist you with your legal needs including buying and selling residential property, financing, commercial leasing, buying and selling small businesses, family law matters, wills, enduring powers of attorney, trusts and estates.

Contact the offices on 03 386 2211 (Mairehau), 03 928 1215 (Kaiapoi), or by emailing reception@pegasusbaylaw.co.nz


 

A den for everyone: RESENE


This beautiful serene space has been created to be an inviting and comfortable escape that’s refreshingly gender neutral. Just a quick change of the focus artwork shifts the room subtly from more of a ‘she-den’ to a ‘he-den’.

 

STYLING BY VANESSA NOUWENS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELANIE JENKINS

It might seem like an unusual way to think about a space, but there are key times when a room that appeals to as many people as possible is important.

In a shared office, for example, as this room could be, it really needs to be a space that whoever needs it, wants to spend time in it to get that work done.

This lush jade green space, with its walls in Resene Mother Nature, has the feel of a warm tropical jungle escape.

The layers of green accessories throughout the room – from the darker Resene Permanent Green and Resene Family Tree to the grey-green of Resene Rivergum and the pale Resene Peace on the desk chair – all enhance that feeling.

The delicate and streamlined design of the furniture in this space means the use of Resene Noir never becomes overpowering.

It emphasises the drama of the green walls without weighing the room down.

The floors are stained in Resene Colorwood Greywash for a relaxed, textural anchor to the room.

Extra texture also comes in the leafy green plants for a look that is warm and inviting.

Accessories in greys such as Resene Silver Chalice pull it all together to create a space that is not too warm, not too cool, but just right.

Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash, vase in Resene Peace, boxes in Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Permanent Green, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left, anti-clockwise) Resene Peace, Resene Permanent Green, Resene Family Tree, Resene Aura and Resene Rivergum.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.